What is COVID testing?
COVID-19 is a new version of a coronavirus that has affected millions of people around the world. Coronaviruses are a category of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses like the common cold and, as with COVID, more severe illness.
COVID-19 spreads when droplets of saliva or nasal discharge circulate in the air, which often occurs when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
COVID testing determines if the virus is in your system and if you are likely contagious. At Lake Area Pediatrics, you can take advantage of COVID-19 rapid testing, which provides results in 15 minutes. Parents can be tested for an additional fee if needed.
The COVID-19 rapid test involves inserting a swab into the nasal cavity and rotating it around for about 15 seconds to gather a sample. Your provider repeats the swab in your second nasal cavity.
When should my child undergo COVID testing?
Dr. Fershtman may recommend COVID testing if your child demonstrates any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
If your child has any of these symptoms, don’t panic. Every runny nose and sore throat isn’t a sign of COVID, especially if your child suffers from seasonal allergies.
It’s especially important to have your child tested if they’ve been in contact with someone else — such as a friend, family member, teacher, or fellow student — who was diagnosed with COVID.
You may choose to have your child and yourself tested if you plan to travel or be in a place that puts others at risk of catching COVID from you. For example, getting tested prior to traveling is smart, especially since you can still be contagious without symptoms.
Does COVID testing help stop the spread of the virus?
Testing can help you know if your child and family should quarantine to avoid spreading the virus.
Even if your child is tested and doesn’t have COVID-19, it’s important to take precautions to stop the spread of the virus. Frequent hand washing with warm soap and water and wearing a mask are important steps in preventing transmission of COVID.
Teach your child to avoid touching their face as much as possible and to keep a safe social distance of six feet from others, especially in places where people gather.
What precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
In addition to testing, Lake Area Pediatrics is taking in-office precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include enhanced cleaning and sanitation, and more time scheduled between visits to avoid clinic overcrowding.
Telehealth visits are also offered for certain types of appointments.
If you need rapid COVID testing for your child, call Lake Area Pediatrics or use the online tool to schedule an appointment today.